Irish music is really in a special place right now with so many great talents sprouting up all over the country. This vast amount of great artists has led me to put together this list of 10 Irish artists that should be on your playlist.
Flecks are a band that came to my attention only recently having seen them play in Whelan's and at The Ruby Sessions. Their chilled indie-electronic music has a cinematic feel to it that echoes in a similar style to Daughter. Only forming in 2015 this Dublin based band has a sound that is mature beyond their years that is as impressive live as it is recorded.
Harbouring Oceans are a relatively new band, but the Irish alternative pop-rock outfit have already played big slots around Ireland including a set at Longitude. The guys released their debut single, 'Enso', in May 2016 to rave reviews. This band thrives in the live environment and are one that you need to catch live when you have the chance to.
Hailing from Mayo the young singer has carved a name for herself on the music scene with her delicate vocals that come straight from the heart. Her debut music video for Black & Blue was released in at the beginning of June and featured a fuller sound than what we had heard from Maria previously, her single launch in the Workman's Club was also a stellar performance that points towards a very promising future.
Hvmmingbyrd have a certain old school feel to their music with their atmospheric electronic sounds drawing on influences such as Enya and Massive Attack. The duo have been teasing their music to us over the past few months with their first official release coming in the form of 'If Love Was Enough', with a snazzy new video featuring NBC 'The Night Shift' actor Eoin Macken.
I have featured Laoise on the blog before with her cover of Nirvana's 'Come As You Are', but it is her original music which screams loudest to me. Having seen her live three times in recent months, once stripped back, her original music provides a perfect blend of candy-floss atmospheric pop that suits her hushed vocal.
Elm have a quality to their music that is often not found within Irish bands. Their soft building indie-rock and interesting vocals give them a style that is instantly recognisable. Having already gained interest form abroad this band is sure to be one of of Irelands next big exports!
Rosa Nutty's songwriting and intricate melancholy pop set her apart from the rest. Her recently released single 'Sea Salt' is as infectious as it comes and is a song that should be on the radio non-stop.
Another new band on the scene BARQ have already made a good name for themselves performing up and down the country. Their sound has a somewhat 90s feel to it with its R&B roots. Fronted by the charismatic and powerful vocals of Jess Kavanagh, BARQ have everything needed to succeed.
Eve Belle's voice just has something special about it. It is full of emotion and sincerity. Recently her cover of Coldplay's 'Violet Hill' even got the approval from the band themselves. The Donegal native won't thrill you with upbeat anthems but will tell you tales of love and loss that will draw you in from the first word.
Farah Elle takes inspiration from her Libyan roots with her single 'Silk' beginning in Arabic and transitioning into a nearly talked based vocal and ending in an epic build up. The Arabic inspiration carries throughout, setting Farah far away from the other female musicians on the scene at the minute.